BATEKE FETISH FIGURES, DRC

The two figures below have been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.

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Bateke
Fetish 24
9.5" high
$1000

Bateke
Fetish 25
9" high
$800

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BATEKE, FETISH FIGURES 1, DRC

Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities. They were used to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue, using magical substances. Fetishes gained power and were effective because people believed in them.

Small Butti figures were individually owned and served to protect or heal. Facial scarification patterns are identical to those of Bateke men. The figures would gain special power by the addition of organic material (Bonga), placed in a cavity in the body or encased in a clay or cloth mantle enclosing most of the body. Many have extra natural objects attached to the figure for an increase in power.

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